Health Development Advice


The Health Development Advice (HDA) works to offer people a practical guide to health and medical information. The HDA is here to improve the public's health and well being and direct them to the right organisation, clinics and UK practitioners for advice and treatment.  The promotion of good health and preventing and treating ill health is fundamental.

Obesity & Weight Loss Surgery Guide

The levels of obesity in the UK is on a rapid increase and the UK government states that 1 in 4 adults is classified as obese. The Foresight report, which was commissioned by the government in 2007, outlines that without taking any steps over half of men and half of women, will be classified as “obese” by the year 2050. It is now common knowledge that obesity can have severe consequences to health including inflating your chance of developing diabetes, suffering from certain cancers,  as well as both heart disease and liver disease. Attempts to control the levels of obesity in the UK have placed great strain on the NHS and more and more people are opting for private obesity surgery such as gastric bands.

Hair Loss Guide

Losing your hair and baldness in both men and women, can have a devastating effect on emotional health and well being. There are options for treatment including hair transplants and laser treatments to help stimulate hair re-growth or slow down hair loss.  Certain hair loss drugs such as Minoxidil can be bought over the counter, and work well for certain people.

Dental Treatment, Care & Dental Public Health

Maintaining oral health and preventing dental diseases, is key to the UK’s National Health Service. However, the demand outweighs resource and much of the population are opting for private dentistry. The private sector has a large element focused on cosmetic dentistry including dental implants and improved dentures to help people enjoy food and bring back lost confidence caused by missing teeth. NHS dentistry registration gives you 1 and half years dental care after which emergency dental care may still be available at some practices. Your Local Health Authority or NHS Direct, are available to help you find local dentists. Routine NHS care involves examination, x-rays, tooth extractions, tooth fillings, root canal treatment, as well are repairing crowns and bridges.

Cosmetic Surgery Guide

The Care Quality Commission and General Medical Council aims to provide clear standards and ensure that private cosmetic surgery procedures follow guidelines and protocols to deliver safe cosmetic surgery including breast augmentation and rhinoplasty, which are among the most popular procedures. A psychological assessment is essential and each patient must undergo a full medical history before have any cosmetic surgical procedure.

Laser Eye Surgery Guide

If you are considering laser eye surgery to correct your vision, you must ensure that you understand the risks and complications, as well as the benefits of surgery. Providers of laser eye surgery such as Lasik, must follow guidelines set out by The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE reports on the safety of laser eye and is an independent organisation working on behalf of the Government.

Skin & Body Treatments

The Care Quality Commission regulates certain aesthetic treatments. Individuals must research their preferred clinic as compulsory regulation is not always necessary for cosmetic treatments such as laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal and some skin treatments.